Stanford University School of Medicine Richard M. Lucas Center Expansion in Stanford, California. Courtesy Perkins + Will (left) and Robert Canfield Photography (right).
Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design services for an award-winning, two-story, 26,000-square-foot subterranean medical research facility that includes laboratories, office space, a 7 Tesla (7.0T) magnetic resonance imager, and a cyclotron imager.
The building is constructed with reinforced concrete (suspended slabs, columns, and walls) and has 35-foot-tall retaining walls supported on permanent tie-back anchors. A hot laboratory supports the cyclotron facility and radioactive material handling. A fume hood intensive chemistry laboratory is located on the first level with a variable air volume fume hood exhaust system. An open two-story light court allows natural light to permeate the building. A drive aisle entry crosses the landscaped podium roof of the building and affords patients, deliveries, and emergency support vehicles access to the facility and to the original Lucas Center.
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